The sisters have won nine of the last 11 Wimbledon titles. Their arrival in Eastbourne this week after injuries is understandably the talk of the town. Serena, the 13-time Grand Slam champion, is playing for the first time in nearly a year, and Venus returns after a five-month layoff.
“I think Serena and Venus, they deserve the attention they get, because they’re great champions,” said Zvonareva of the Williams sisters, who have combined for 20 major titles. “They have done a lot for women’s tennis. They have done a lot not only for tennis, for women’s sport in general.”
Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final last year, a match which turned out to be Williams‘ last for almost a year. Shortly after Wimbledon, Serena cut her foot on glass at a restaurant. The injury required two foot surgeries that sidelined her for months, and she later had blood clots in her lung.
The 29-year-old American’s record backs up that expectation. Kim Clijsters has won the other two Grand Slam tournaments since Serena’s injury. Serena has a 7-2 record against Clijsters, and 5-1 against Li.
“Of course (it’s) good for the fans,” she said. “I think many fans missed them already. You have to be mentally so strong (playing them). So I was happy they are coming back now.”
Francesca Schiavone acknowledged that the sisters’ return “makes it tough for everybody,” but the 2010 French Open champion said it could motivate players.
“It’s great to have them back, I think not just for tennis but for us,” she said. “They are champions, they are great athletes. They come back, it’s tough, it’s tough for everybody but it’s interesting because when you play with the big athletes, personally I like the fight, to give the best to win. It’s great.”View Entire Story
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